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Day Hike - Foothills Trail: South Prairie to Buckley

Experience a new section of the Foothills Trail, following a former railroad grade one way from South Prairie to the White River near Buckley, with a hot lunch enroute at popular Wally's Drive-in in Buckley.

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 300 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 725 ft
  • Pace: 2.0 mph

Meet at 9:30 AM at Wally's Drive-in, 282 WA-410, Buckley, reached from SR 167 by exiting east onto SR 410 and continuing to Buckley, where Wally's is at the north end of town on the right, by the last traffic light.  No parking pass is required.

We will leave half our cars along the street near Wally's Drive-in and travel in the other cars from there to the South Prairie Trailhead, where we will begin our one-way hike.  No parking pass is required at either location.  There are restrooms at Wally's Drive-in and the South Prairie trailhead.   After having lunch at Wally's Drive-in, we will hike the short distance to the White River and then back to where our cars are parked.  Then we will drive back to the South Prairie trailhead to drop off those who first arrived in the cars parked there.  That will end the hike.

Wally's Drive-in opens at 8 AM and serves breakfast items, so those arriving early could have breakfast there.



Foothills Trail

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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